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Psychology is major key for Dambrot in flipping Dukes’ fortunes

In Atlantic 10 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Keith Dambrot has immediate cache as he goes into his first season as he works to resurrect the basketball echoes at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  He coached Lebron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s in high school, presided over winning programs at Central Michigan and Akron, and now takes a Dukes program that has been buried hear the …

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Calipari says Wildcats must upgrade conditioning

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Kentucky coach John Calipari’s Kentucky team is littered with the usual depth of talent, albeit the usual youth that his teams bring to the table.  The numbers for players like Kevin Knox, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards, and Quade Green looked good after Friday night’s Blue-White game, but physically Calipari was worried about the conditioning of his team. …

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Marching to Madness Episode 190: Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome in Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle. Topics of discussion include: the team’s trip to Spain this summer, Tres Tinkle’s return from injury, the Beavers’ versatile backcourt, how the freshman class is fitting in, the focus on playing on a more up-tempo style this season, Bill …

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Gaels eclipse Zags as WCC favorite

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

The script changes in the WCC as the St. Mary’s Gaels are the pick to win the league, according to the coaches as the WCC Media Day commenced in Las Vegas on Thursday. The Gaels received the nine first place votes of the coaches as coach Randy Bennett went with Gonzaga. “We are kind of proud of what they are …

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Villanova is Big East pick although gap is closing

In Big East by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Big East Basketball Media Day at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday with the idea that the Villanova Wildcats were once again the favorite; however, Seton Hall, Providence, and Xavier are knocking on the door. “We’ve all knocked them off here and there, but not consistently enough to be the champion of this league,” said Xavier coach …

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Pitino notes lie detector corroborates his statements

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The annals of the FBI scandal which rocked the University of Louisville basketball program now house a new chapter that many suspected on Wednesday as former coach Rick Pitino stated in an interview with ESPN’s Jay Bilas that he took and passed a lie detector test which proved he had no knowledge of a pay for play …

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Williams, Schofield leaders for Vols as guards continue to mesh

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Tennessee is looking for postseason play in Rick Barnes’ third year at the helm of the Vols. He has had some tough luck in his first two seasons as Kevin Punter in ’15-16 and Robert Hubbs in ’16-17 went down to injuries that derailed what could have been potential NCAA Tournament teams. The Volunteers are picked near …

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Mizzou seniors are huge players in team’s ’17-18 success

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross When Cuonzo Martin brought in 6-10 Michael Porter and his brother 6-11 Jontay, the narrative shifted to not only being competitive in the SEC, but getting back to the NCAA Tournament in Martin’s first season. Add the addition of former Illinois-commit Jeremiah Tilmon solidified the idea that the Tigers, only one year removed from three consecutive 20-loss …

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Shockers sojourn into the AAC is a game changer for both

In AAC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Wichita State has arrived on the AAC basketball scene in full force. The Shockers come into their first AAC media day on Monday, picked second by the coaches behind Cincinnati, but most publications have the Shockers listed as the team to beat  plus a top 10 squad. As Greg Marshall brings his 13 NCAA appearances plus a …

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Marching to Madness Episode 189: Clemson head coach Brad Brownell

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back Clemson head coach Brad Brownell. Topics of discussion include: the positives from practice thus far, improving the team’s defensive mindset, why the Tigers could be a very good 3-point shooting team, Shelton Mitchell’s development, how Donte Grantham could take a step forward this season, what …